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the smell of an oily rag

A very meager, slim, or frugal amount of resources, especially money or fuel. As in the phrases "live off/on the smell of an oily rag" or "run off/on the smell of an oily rag," respectively. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, rag, smell

run off smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs off the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, off, oily, rag, run, smell

run on the smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, on, rag, run, smell

live off smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived off smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live off smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, off, oily, rag, smell

live on the smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live on the smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, oily, on, rag, smell
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For a matified complexion and tightened pores, Sebocytine is recommended in all mattifying and anti-blemish skin care to improve comfort for combination to oily skin types.
Increasing oily waste has been produced with the ramping oil and gas activities, such as oil-based mud and drilling cuttings, oily pits and sludge, and oily soil.
Saturated with 5 essential plant oils known to be beneficial to oily skin, Incredi-gel targets bacteria responsible for causing blackheads & acne.
A low-cost and environment-friendly processing system will be established through oil processing as the treatment of oily waste in this way will contribute to solving the problem of waste management resulting from the development of the oil fields and in a manner consistent with sustainable development policies pursued by the government of the Sultanate ".
Instead, it's the 'readymade' long-chain omega-3 fats found in oily fish like mackerel, salmon, pilchards, sardines, trout, kippers, herring and fresh tuna (those in shellfish and white fish like cod also count) that have been linked to various health benefits.
Clinique Superprimer Colour, PS20, Boots, is great for oily skin.
Reader tester says: 'I'm really self-concious about my oily T-zone, but this helped keep the shine at bay.
4 OILY FISH: If you're longing for strong, shiny hair, try adding oily fish - such as salmon, trout and sardines to your regular diet.
1 million pounds of oily debris collected in the first nine months of this year, up from 941,000 pounds a year ago.
EATING plenty of oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel protects against skin cancer by destroying malignant cells, according to researchers.
QUETTA -- Eating a portion of tuna, salmon, sardines or other oily fish once or twice a week reduces the risk of breast cancer, according to a review published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday.
Protection Films are designed to ensure reliable covering, even in slightly oily applications, which the company says reduces the effort of cleaning components.
The Royal Shakespeare Com-pany has joined forces with leading company Oily Cart for the interactive theatre special.
YOUNG women can dramatically reduce their risk of heart disease by eating oily fish, a study has found.
Oily fish - eating just one portion of oily fish - containing omega-3 fatty acids - each week can reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, affecting 60,000 people in the UK.